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31 March 2021

Deskilling protests by sparks electricians continue

Sparks were outside the north east England headquarters of NG Bailey in Newcastle, which, alongside Balfour Beatty, is attempting to lead the way among the giant companies deskilling electricians.

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17 March 2021

Protests against deskilling and lower wages

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Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Pr

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

10 March 2021

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

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Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Pr

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

10 March 2021

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

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24 February 2021

Hinkley Point electricians fight 'deskilling'

Rank-and-file construction electricians have launched a struggle against what they see as 'multi-skilling' by bosses at the massive Hinkley Point site in Somerset to build a nuclear power station, estimated to cost 22.5 billion.

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25 May 2020

No return to unsafe construction sites

The last five years has seen an average 36 construction worker deaths each year. According to the Office for National Statistics, in just four months of Covid-19 there have been 199 deaths!, writes Andy Bentley, Unite construction sector.

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31 March 2020

Hull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears

The government says "stay at home" yet leaves the bosses to decide whether their profits are more essential, writes Keith Gibson, senior GMB union steward (personal capacity).

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25 March 2020

Construction site bosses put profits first

Construction bosses have been telling workers to go to work despite the health risks

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29 January 2020

HS2 debacle: nationalise rail and construction!

Tory cabinet minister Stephen Barclay has a "gut feeling" that the 'HS2' high-speed rail link between London and the north of England will go ahead.

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2 October 2019

Hull: Construction workers' walkout forces employer to back down

The unofficial construction workers' dispute involving the building of a wood chip processing plant at Saltend Chemicals Park, in Hull, has been a struggle to prevent the blacklisting of two senior Unite and GMB union stewards - Paul Tattersfield and Keith Gibson.

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25 September 2019

Hull construction workers strike against blacklisting

Workers building a wood chip acetylation (processing) plant in Hull walked off the job in defence of trade union agreements and against blacklisting on 24 September.

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13 February 2019

Ten years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'

On the basis of class struggle, workers democratically negotiated solutions to supposedly conflicting interests

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24 October 2018

Tories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

The story of the catastrophic collapse of Carillion took an even more shocking turn recently

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13 June 2018

City vultures make millions from Carillion chaos

Workers left unemployed and NHS projects on hold: Accountancy and legal firms will make a killing, raking in 70 million in fees, while workers face the scrapheap

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9 May 2018

China: Impressive, coordinated and daring crane drivers' strikes

Crane drivers in China's construction industry have taken strike action in dozens of cities across the country

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8 May 2018

Unofficial strike reinstates victimised workers

An interview with Keith Gibson, a plater at the Hull Energy Works site

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21 March 2018

Hinkley workers win back unpaid wages after sit-in protest

Workers building the Hinkley C nuclear power plant in Somerset have won back unpaid wages after more than 500 staged a two-day sit-in protest

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14 March 2018

Zero new homes 'affordable' in Blairite Manchester

A damning, yet unsurprising, February housing report reveals that zero affordable housing has been built in Manchester city centre in two years.

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